675 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.


Watch 675 movies free online. Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection features films by Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Andrei Tarkovksy, John Huston, plus some early short films by Tarantino, Kubrick and Truffaut. You will also find masterful performances by Humphrey Bogart, Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne and Bette Davis.

The Free Movies collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Silent FilmsDocumentaries, and Animation. We also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin.

Free Comedy & Dramas

  • A Farewell to ArmsFree – Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in film based on famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. (1932)
  • A Matter of Life and Death  - Free – Romantic fantasy film created by the British writing-directing-producing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and set in England during the Second World War. It stars David Niven, Roger Livesey, Kim Hunter, Marius Goring and Raymond Massey. (1946)
  • A Song of LoveFree - The only film by playwright Jean Genet. The erotic film was censored. (1950)
  • A Star is BornFree – Janet Gaynor portrays Esther Blodgett, a starry-eyed small town girl with a dream of making it big in Hollywood. (1937)
  • Adventures of Robinson CrusoeFree – The classic novel by Daniel Defoe gets adapted by the great Luis Buñuel. (1954)
  • Alexander NevskyFree – A historical drama film directed by the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. Click icon on bottom of video to enable subtitles. (1938)
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Free – French short film directed by Robert Enrico. Won awards at Cannes Film Festival and Academy Awards. (1962)
  • Andrei RublevFree – Andrei Tarkovsky’s film charting life of the great icon painter. Click CC for subtitles. Part 2 here. (1966)
  • Angel on My ShoulderFree – A gangster comedy starring Claude Rains and Paul Muni. (1946)
  • As You Like It - Free – It’s Laurence Olivier’s earliest Shakespeare performance on film. It’s also the first feature-length British sound Shakespeare film. (1936)
  • Becky SharpFree – The first feature film to use three-strip Technicolor film, or, put differently, the first real color film. (1935).
  • Bottle RocketFree – Wes Anderson’s first short film, which became the basis for his first feature film by the same name. (1992)
  • Breaking the CodeFree - A biography of the English mathematician Alan Turing, who was one of the inventors of the digital computer and one of the key figures in the breaking of the Enigma code. Stars Derek Jacobi. (1996)
  • Cannibal! The Musical - Free – Black comedy by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the makers of South Park. Their very first feature film. (1993)
  • Captain Kidd - Free - Charles Laughton and John Carradine star in film with drama on the high seas (1945).
  • CaravaggioFree – Directed by Derek Jarman, the film is a fictionalised re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
  • Castello CavalcantiFree – Wes Anderson’s short film takes place in a hamlet tucked away somewhere in Italy. Features Jason Schwartzman, star of Anderson’s 1998 breakout Rushmore. (2013)
  • Chimes at Midnight - Free – Directed by Orson Welles, the film focuses on Shakespeare’s recurring character Sir John Falstaff and his relationship with another character Prince Hal. (1966)
  • Cold SweatFree - Charles Bronson, Liv Ullman, James Mason, and Jill Ireland star in this action packed movie about a ruthless drug runner who holds a man’s family hostage. (1970)
  • Crash: The Short Film - Free – Otherwise known as The Atrocity Exhibition, this pre-Cronenberg short film was directed by Harley Cokeliss and stars J.G. Ballard himself. (1971)
  • Cyrano De BergeracFree – Michael Gordon’s tale based on the classic French tale. (1950)
  • Darwin - Free - 53-minute exploration of the life and work of Charles Darwin by Peter Greenaway. (1993)
  • DiaryFree – Short film by Tim Hetherington (director of Restrepo) that reflects on his ten years of war reporting. (2010)
  • Dinner for OneFree – A short comedy film that has become part of a New Year’s Eve tradition in Germany and many other European countries. Once held the Guinness World Record for Most Frequently Repeated TV Program. (1963)
  • Doña LupeFree – Short horror film written & directed by Guillermo del Toro. It’s del Toro’s 9th short film, though the first 8 remain unreleased. Film is in Spanish. (1985)
  • DoodlebugFree – One of Christopher Nolan’s early short films. Made in 1997, released in 2003.
  • Dreams That Money Can BuyFree – A surrealist film by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger & Hans Richter. (1947)
  • Duet for Cannibals - Free – A tale of emotional cannibalism by Susan Sontag. A pair of psychological & sexual cannibals come close to devouring a younger couple. (1969)
  • Eat, Sleep & Kiss - Free - Three silent anti-films by Andy Warhol. (1963-1964)

  • Evidence - Free - From the maker of Koyaanisqatsi, a short film about kids watching cartoons (1995).
  • Fear and Desire – FreeAn uncut print of Stanley Kubrick’s “lost” early film. Kubrick didn’t like how his first film came out, so removed it from circulation. (1953)
  • Fight for Your Right Revisited - Free - Adam Yauch commemorates the Beastie Boys’ legendary video for (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!). 30 minute surreal film stars Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen. (2011)
  • Four Films by Michael HanekeFree – Four films by the two time winner of the Palme d’Or Prize in Cannes: The Seventh Continent (1989),  Funny Games (1997), Benny’s Video (1992), and The Castle (1997). Available to viewers in the US and the UK.
  • Five Minutes to LiveFree – Amazing bank heist movie stars Johnny Cash, Vic Tayback, Ron Howard, and country music great, Merle Travis. (1961)
  • Flamenco at 5:15Free – Oscar-winning short film about a flamenco dance class given to senior students. (1983)
  • FrankenweenieFree - Tim Burton’s parody and homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s novel of the same name. (1984)
  • Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life - Free – Directed by Peter Capaldi, the Oscar-winning short film shows Kafka, on Christmas Eve, struggling to come up with the opening line for his most famous work, The Metamorphosis. The film is also listed in our collection of 33 Free Oscar Winning Movies Available on the Web(1993)
  • FreiheitFree - The third short film George Lucas made while a film-school student at USC and the first with a narrative. (1966)
  • From the DrainFree - David Cronenberg‘s short film made while attending the University of Toronto. (1967)
  • GeometriaFree - A ghoulish short film by Guillermo del Toro. One of his earliest films that you can watch online. (1987)
  • Ghost Train - Free - Classic ghostly comedy, starring Arthur Askey and based on the play by ‘Dad’s Army’ actor Arnold Ridley. (1941)
  • Great ExpectationsFree – Based on the great Charles Dickens novel. (1946)
  • Hardware WarsFree – It’s the mother of all Star Wars fan films, and also one of the most popular short films ever made. (1978)
  • Häxan: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages - Free - Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent film Häxan gets a narration by William S. Burroughs. (1968)
  • Hell’s HouseFree – With Bette Davis and Pat O’Brien. The film is set during the final days of prohibition. (1932)
  • Herbert WhiteFree – James Franco’s short film made during film school. Stars Michael Shannon. Based on a poem by Frank Bidart. (2010)
  • HerculesFree – A 1958 Italian epic fantasy feature film based upon the Hercules myths. (1958)
  • His Girl FridayFree – A public domain film directed by Howard Hawks. A classic comedy with Cary Grant. (1940)
  • Impressions de la haute MongolieFree – Surrealist false documentary directed by Salvador Dalí and José Montes-Baquer, starring Salvador Dalí himself. (1976)
  • IndiscreetFree – Features superstar Gloria Swanson and directed by Leo McCarey. A comedy that’s almost Chaplinesque. (1931)
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time - Free – Indie film starring John Candy and Isaac Hayes. (1975)
  • It’s Good to be AliveFree - The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella. Directed by Michael Landon, starring Louis Gossett Jr. (1974)
  • Ivan’s ChildhoodFree – Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature film. (1962)
  • J’attendrai le suivantFree – A French film nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Short Film in 2002.
  • Jungle BookFree - A color action-adventure film based on the Rudyard Kipling’ novel, The Jungle Book. Directed by Zoltán Korda, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards. (1942)
  • La Ciociara (Two Women)Free - The film won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Sophia Loren).  It was the first time an actress won an acting award for a non-English speaking role. (1960)
  • La Villa Santo Sospir - Free – 35-minute color film by Jean Cocteau offering tour of friend’s villa. (1952)
  • L’Age d’or - Free - French surrealist comedy directed by Luis Buñuel about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society and the value system of the Roman Catholic Church. Salvador Dalí co-wrote the screenplay. (1930)
  • Lady Blue ShanghaiFree – David Lynch’s short movie that doubles as a commercial for Dior. Stars Marion Cotillard. (2010)
  • Les Mistons - Free – The second short film François Truffaut ever made and the first that ever satisfied him. (1957)
  • Lick the StarFree – Sofia Coppola’s very first short film follows a 7th-grade conspiracy (1998)
  • Love and PigeonsFree - Soviet romantic comedy film by Vladimir Menshov. His  previous film Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1984)
  • LumiereFree – A very short film by David Lynch. 55 seconds. (1966)
  • MFree – Classic film directed by Fritz Lang, with Peter Lorre. About the search for a child murderer in Berlin, (1931)
  • Meet John DoeFree – Frank Capra’s comedy, with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. Voted one of the most inspiring films of all time. (1941)
  • Meetin’ WAFree – In a short film Jean-Luc Godard meets Woody Allen. (1986)
  • MentheFree – The second film by Lars von Trier is based on the sadomasochistic novel by Dominique Aury, Story of O, and tells the story of a voluntary female subjugation. (1979)
  • Mr. ArkadinFree - Orson Welles’s Mr. Arkadin (a.k.a. Confidential Report) tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past. It was filmed in several Spanish locations, including Segovia, Valladolid and Madrid. This film is available on Hulu and limited to US audiences. (1955)
  • My Best Friend’s BirthdayFree – First film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Some good rockabilly fun. (1987)
  • Murder in Harlem - Free – Film by Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (1920) and sound movie (1931). His films provide a window into American views on race. (1935)
  • No Exit/Huis Close - Free - Harold Pinter interprets the lead role of Garcia in Sartre’s famous claustrophobic play of self-definition and identity. (1965)

  • Penny SerenadeFree – With Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. (1941)
  • Plan 9 from Outer SpaceFree – An Ed Wood “classic.” Considered one of the worst films ever made and yet the ultimate cult flick. (1959)
  • Pond Way - Free – A lyrical, contemplative, sensuous piece by Merce Cunningham. Music by Brian Eno; Décor by Roy Lichtenstein. (1998)
  • PygmalionFree – Film based on George Bernard Shaw’s play. Won Oscar for best screenplay. (1938)
  • ¡Que viva México!Free – A film project begun in 1930 by Russian avant-garde filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein portraying Mexican culture and politics from pre-Conquest civilization to the Mexican revolution. The troubled film was eventually abandoned.
  • Rashomon - Free – Akira Kurosawa’s classic film that introduced Japanese cinema to the West. (1950)
  • Reefer MadnessFree – Arguably the most unintentionally hilarious “anti-drug” exploitation film. (1936)
  • RembrandtFree - A luminous biopic of the legendary Flemish painter. Alexander Korda considered this to be his finest film. (1936)
  • Rembrandt’s J’accuseFree – An indie directed by Peter Greenaway. (2008)
  • Road to BaliFree - With Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour. (1952)
  • Romance SentimentaleFree – Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. (1930)
  • Royal WeddingFree – With Fred Astaire. (1951)
  • Ruslan and LudmilaFree – Russian film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko. Based on poem written by Alexander Pushkin in 1820. Subtitled in English. (1972)
  • ScroogeFree – The first sound version of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Directed by Henry Edwards (1935)
  • Sex MadnessFree – This is to sex what Reefer Madness is to drugs. YouTube version here. (1938)
  • ShameFree – Produced by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner. Mystery film about a man sent into a southern town to stir up race riots. Find alternate version on Youtube here. (1962)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon - Free - Sherlock Holmes rescues an inventor of an new bomb site before the Nazis can get him. (1943)
  • Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) Free -David Lynch`s very first short film. (1966)
  • SlackerFree – Richard Linklater’s Gen-X, generation defining indie film. (1991)
  • SolarisPart 1Part 2 - Andrei Tarkovsky’s meditative psychodrama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the planet Solaris. (1972)
  • Spartacus and the Ten GladiatorsFree - The story of Spartacus and 10 other gladiators who rebelled against the bloody coliseum sports. They escape and are faced at every turn by Roman soldiers bent on taking them back to the Coliseum – dead or alive! (1964)
  • Spider BabyFree – A black comedy horror film, written and directed by Jack Hill. Stars Lon Chaney Jr. (1968)
  • Stalker – Free: Part 1Part 2 - Legendary science fiction film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. (1979)
  • StrikeFree – Sergei Eisenstein’s first feature film and an indicator of the brilliant films to follow. (1925)
  • The AlphabetFree – David Lynch’s early short film. (1968)
  • The Amazing Quest of Ernest BlissFree – Cary Grant plays a rich socialite who makes a bet with his therapist that he can make a living for one year using none of his current wealth. (1936)
  • The BigamistFree – Directed by Ida Lupino, a pioneer among women filmmakers. (1953)
  • The Blood of a PoetFree – Avant-garde film directed by Jean Cocteau. The first part of the Orphic Trilogy. (1930)
  • The Blue AngelFree – The Weimar classic that made Marlene Dietrich an international star. (1930)
  • The Chinese Connection (aka Fists of Fury)Free - Bruce Lee stars in his second influential Hong Kong Martial arts film. (1972)
  • The ContenderFree – Stars Buster Crabbe (best known for his role as Tarzan) in well known boxing film. (1944)
  • The Cut UpsFree – Directed by Anthony Balch, this avant-garde film brings William S. Burroughs’ cut up technique to film. (1966)
  • The DentistFree – W.C. Fields in his second talking comedy short. One of four short films Fields made with the “king of comedy,” Mack Sennett. (1932)
  • The Discipline of D.E.Free – Gus Van Sant’s short, 16 mm, black and white adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ short story. (1978)
  • The Divorce of Lady XFree – British romantic comedy film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon (1938).
  • The DoveFree – A parody of some of Ingmar Bergman’s best known films, including Wild Strawberries (Smultronstaellet) and The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet). Features first film appearance by Madeline Kahn. Nominated for Academy Award. (1968)
  • The Fast And The FuriousFree – A 1950s B-action film written by Roger Corman. (1955)
  • The Great Saint Louis Bank RobberyFree – Steve McQueen stars in a gritty, downbeat, and sometimes savage heist movie. (1959)
  • The HaircutFree – John Cassavetes stars in a short, amusing student film. (1982)
  • The HireFree – Eight short films made by famous directors (John Frankenheimer, Guy Ritchie, Joe Carnahan, Tony Scott, Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Woo, Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee) for BMW.  Stars Clive Owens. (2001-2002)
  • The Invisible FrameFree – Directed by Cynthia Beatt. In German with English subtitles. (1983)
  • The Jackie Robinson StoryFree – Starring Jackie Robinson himself, the film retraces the life and times of the great baseball player and civil rights figure. (1950)
  • The Jungle BookFree – Directed by Zoltan Korda, it starred Sabu, Jospeh Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, etc. (1942)
  • The Lady from Shanghai - Free - Film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, his estranged wife Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane. Based on the novel If I Die Before I Wake by Sherwood King. (1947)
  • The Last FarmFree – Short Icelandic film nominated for Oscar in 2006.
  • The Last Man on EarthFree – Post apocalyptic horror film starring Vincent Price and based on Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend. (1964)
  • The Last Time I Saw ParisFree – Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson star in romantic drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘s story “Babylon Revisited.” YouTube version here. (1953)
  • The Little Shop of HorrorsFree – Directed by Roger Corman with Jack Nicholson. (1960)
  • The Living Wake - Free – Dark comedy chronicles the final day of self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew. Mike O’Connell, Jim Gaffigan and Jill Larson. (2007)
  • The Lunch DateFree – Adam Davidson’s commentary on race in America. The short film won an Oscar and a prize at Cannes. (1989)
  • The Machine StopsFree - A UK science fiction TV show adapted E.M. Forster’s 1909 techno-dystopia story, The Machine Stops. (1966)
  • The Metamorphosis – A Study: Nabokov on Kafka - Free – A dramatization of Vladimir Nabokov’s lectures on Kafka novella, The Metamorphosis. Stars Christopher Plummer. (1989)
  • The MirrorFree – Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Loosely autobiographical, the film features Tarkovsky’s wife Larisa Tarkovskaya. (1975)
  • The Night of Counting the YearsFree – Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam, this film is considered one of the finest Egyptian films ever made. (1969)
  • The Orchid GardenerFree – A young, mentally ill man, a visual artist in crisis Victor Marse (Lars von Trier) meets two nurses (Eliza and her girlfriend) during his stay in a sanatorium. Bizarre things happen next in an experimental film with a mysterious and symbolic plot . (1977)
  • The Painted Desert -Free – Notable for being Clark Gable’s first appearance in a talkie film. (1931)
  • The Phantom Fiend - Free - The first sound remake of the 1927 Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Lodger. Stars Ivor Novello and directed by Maurice Elvey. Also find on Archive.org.
  • The Rage in Placid Lake - Free – Australian playwright Tony McNamara makes his directorial debut with the offbeat comedy The Rage in Placid Lake, adapted from his own play The Cafe Latte Kid. US viewers. (2003)
  • The Scarlet LetterFree - Robert G. Vignola’s adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic. Alternative version available at Archive.org. (1934)
  • The Scarlet PimpernelFree – Adaptation of the classic adventure novel by Baroness Orczy. Stars Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon. (1934)
  • The Short Films of Louis CKFree – A collection of nine short films created by the comedian between 1993 and 1999.
  • The Skin Game - Free – A 1931 Hitchcock film based on a play by John Galsworthy recounts the tragic tale of a family feud. (1931)
  • The Snows of KilimanjaroFree – Based on Hemingway’s classic novel set in Africa. Stars Gregory Peck. (1952)
  • The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It - Free – John Cleese stars in a film where he plays Arthur Sherlock Holmes, the bumbling grandson of the famous detective. (1977)
  • The StrangerFree – Directed by Orson Welles and starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young. This was Orson Welles’ only major box office success. Alternative version on Archive.org. (1946)
  • The Street FighterFree – One of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite karate films. (1974)
  • The Taming of the ShrewFree – The first sound adaptation of a Shakespeare film ever. Stars Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks. (1929)
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse - Free Part 1 - Free Part 2 – Directed by Fritz Lang, this was the sequel to Lang’s nearly four-hour silent film Dr. Mabuse shot in 1922.  (1933)
  • The Trial - Free - Orson Welles’ film based on Kafka’s novella. Welles once called it “the best film I have ever made.” (1962)
  • The Wild RideFree – A cult classic that features Jack Nicholson playing a rebellious punk in one of his first roles. Find alternate version at Archive.org (1960)
  • The World of StainboyFree – A series of flash animation shorts created by Tim Burton.  The Stainboy character first appeared in two short poems in the book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, also created and illustrated by Tim Burton. (2000)
  • The Young LoversFree – Directed by Ida Lupino, this 1950 film tells the tale of a newly engaged woman who contracts polio. Film was also titled Never Fear. Alternate version here.
  • Things to ComeFree – A British sci-fi film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The screenplay was written by H. G. Wells. (1934)
  • TitanicFree – Before James Cameron came along, the Nazis made a big budget, feature propaganda film about The Titanic. The director was apparently murdered during its production and it was never shown in Germany. (1943)
  • TuileriesFree – A short twisted film by Joel and Ethan Coen. Stars Steve Buscemi and takes place in Paris. (2006)
  • UtopiaFree – Laurel & Hardy’s last film. (1951)
  • VinylFree – Andy Warhol’s loose film adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. (1965)
  • VirusFree – Post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a novel written by Sakyo Komatsu. (1980)
  • Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric WomenFree – An early film by “New Hollywood” director Peter Bogdanovich (1968).
  • Waiting for Godot - Free – Performances of Waiting for Godot directed by none other than Samuel Beckett himself. (1985)
  • War & PeacePart 1 - Part 2Part 3Part 4 – Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk turns Tolstoy’s great novel into what Roger Ebert calls “the definitive epic of all time.” Won Academy Award – Best Foreign Language Film in 1969. (1965-1967)
  • Why Try to Escape from Which You Know You Can’t Escape from? Because You Are a CowardFree – An early film by Lars von Trier. (1970)
  • Wittgenstein - Free -Watch Derek Jarman’s tribute to the philosopher, featuring Tilda Swinton (1993)
  • Zéro de Conduite (Zero for Conduct)Free – Originally banned in France, the film was later honored by Truffaut in The 400 Blows. (1933)

Free Hitchcock, Noir, Horror & Thriller Films

  • A Bucket of Blood - Free – Roger Corman’s classic comedy/horror film set in Bohemian San Francisco. Shot in 5 days for $50,000. Internet Archive version here. (1959)
  • And Then There Were NoneFree – Film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery novel directed by René Clair. (1945)
  • Angel on My ShoulderFree – A gangster comedy starring Claude Rains and Paul Muni. (1946)
  • Beat the Devil – Free – Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the film is something of a comic and dramatic spoof of the film noir tradition. (1953)
  • Behind Green Lights Free – Stars Carole Landis, John Ireland. Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters. (1946)
  • Big Bluff Free – Directed by W. Lee Wilder. When a scheming fortune hunter finds his rich wife is not going to die as expected, he and his lover make other plans to get her millions. (1955)
  • Bon Voyage - Free - A French language WWII propaganda film by Alfred Hitchcock. (1944)
  • Blonde Ice Free - A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men. They all die mysteriously afterwards though. (1948)
  • BluebeardFree – Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring John Carradine, this film became a cult classic for horror fans. (1944)
  • BorderlineFree – Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other’s identity. Stars Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor and Raymond Burr. (1950)
  • Carnival of SoulsFree – A low budget B film that became a cult classic. (1962)
  • Dementia 13- Free – A horror film that was one of Francis Ford Coppola’s early mainstream efforts. HD widescreen version here. (1963)
  • DetourFree – Edgar Ulmer’s cult classic noir film shot in 6 days. (1945)
  • DownhillFree – In this silent Hitchcock film, a public schoolboy “takes the blame for a friend’s theft and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.” Also released under the title, When Boys Leave Home. (1927)
  • Dick TracyFree – A 15 episode film series that brought Dick Tracy to the silver screen. (1937)
  • Dick Tracy Meets GruesomeFree – Dick Tracy film from 1947 stars Boris Karloff as Gruesome. (1947)
  • D.O.A.Free – Rudolph Maté’s classic noir film. Called “one of the most accomplished, innovative, and downright twisted entrants to the film noir genre.” You can also watch the movie here. (1950)
  • Dressed to KillFree – Brings Sherlock Holmes to screen. (1941)
  • Port of New York Free - Two narcotics agents go after a gang of murderous drug dealers who use ships docking at the New York harbor to smuggle in their contraband. First film in which Yul Brynner appeared. (1949)
  • Freaks Free – Tod Browning’s famous pre-code horror film about sideshow performers. Cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers. (1932)
  • Great Guy - Free – James Cagney plays the plucky Irish crusader, Johnny Cave, who fights against corruption. (1936)
  • Guest in the HouseFree – Directed by John Brahm, the noir film stars Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon. (1946)
  • He Walked by Night – Free – Film-noir drama, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal. This move became the basis for “Dragnet,” and stars Jack Webb. Archive.org version here. (1948)
  • Horror ExpressFree – Spanish horror film starring Telly Savalas of Kojak fame.
  • ImpactFree – Arthur Lubin’s well reviewed noir flic. Considered a little known classic you need to watch. (1940)
  • Inner Sanctum - Free - A gripping noir film about “a murderer who is on the lam and hiding out in a small town. Unbeknownst to him, he is not only hiding in the same boarding house as the only witness to his crime, he is sharing the same room.” (1948)
  • Invisible GhostFree – Bela Lugosi stars in film where a town’s leading citizen becomes a homocidal maniac after his wife deserts him. Alternate version here. (1941)
  • Jamaica InnFree – A young woman discovers that she’s living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit. Stars Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton and Charles Laughton. (1939)
  • JudexFree - Directed by French filmmaker Georges Franju, this crime film is a remake of the 1916 film serial documenting the adventures of pulp hero Judex. (1963)
  • Juno and the Paycock Free - Early sound film by Hitchcock also released under the name The Shame of Mary Boyle. (1930)
  • Kansas City ConfidentialFree – A film noir gem that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. (1953)
  • Key Lime PieFree – A zany animated film in the noir tradition. (2007)
  • Murder! Free - Hitchcock’s third talkie film based on a novel and play called Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson. (1930)
  • Night of the Living DeadFree – George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is the urtext of the modern zombie movie. (1968)
  • Number 17 - Free - A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail. (1932)
  • Please Murder MeFree – Lawyer Raymond Burr brilliantly defends Angela Lansbury in 1950s noir film. (1956)
  • Pulgasari - Free - A North Korean Godzilla-style film produced by South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, who had been kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il. (1985)
  • QuicksandFree – Noir film with Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre. (1950)
  • Sabotage – Free – Alfred Hitchcock directs this British thriller based on Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent. Also released as The Woman Alone. Alternative version here. (1936)
  • Scarlet StreetFree – Directed by Fritz Lang with Edward G. Robinson. A film noir great. (1945)
  • Secret Agent Free – Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this film was loosely based on stories by W. Somerset Maugham. Stars John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll and Robert Young. (1936)
  • Seven SinnersFree – British thriller film directed by Albert de Courville and starring Edmund Lowe, Constance Cummings and Felix Aylmer. (1936)
  • Shed No Tears - Free – Until recently, this film starring Wallace Ford and June Vincent was nearly impossible to find. Now it’s online thanks to  Archive.org. (1948)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon - Free - Sherlock Holmes rescues an inventor of an new bomb site before the Nazis can get him. (1943)
  • Shock Free – Film noir classic starring Vincent Price. (1946)
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night - Free - An under-rated horror/slasher/mystery film — starring Patrick O’Neal, Mary Woronov, and John Carradine — that has fallen into the public domain. (1974)
  • SuddenlyFree – Noir film with Frank Sinatra and James Gleason. (1954)
  • Swamp Women - Free – One of Roger Corman’s first films. A crime/horror film that follows undercover police officer Lee Hampton who joins three female convicts and escapes from prison. (1955)
  • The 39 StepsFree – One of Alfred Hitchcock’s first hits. British thriller is based on novel with same name by John Buchan. (1935)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  – Free – The film is adapted from the 1899 play “Sherlock Holmes” by William Gillette, and stars Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, George Zucco and Alan Marshal. (1939)
  • The Amazing Mr. X - Free - Noir film directed by Bernard Vorhaus with cinematography by John Alton. The film tells the story of a phony spiritualist racket. (1948).
  • The Big Combo - Free – Directed by Joseph Lewis, this film is today considered a noir classic. Critics like to focus on the cinematography of John Alton, a noir icon. (1955)
  • The ChaseFree – An American noir film directed by Arthur Ripley, based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.
  • The Driller KillerFree – Abel Ferrara’s cult classic slasher film. (1979)
  • The File on Thelma Jordan - Free – This noir directed by Robert Siodmak features Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey.  At the time Variety said, “Thelma Jordon unfolds as an interesting, femme-slanted melodrama, told with a lot of restrained excitement.” (1950)
  • The Green Glove - Free - A World War II veteran in France, played by Glen Ford, gets mixed up in murder while investigating a stolen treasure. Directed by Rudolph Maté. (1952)
  • The HoodlumFree - Lawrence Tierney (“Reservoir Dogs”) plays an unreformed, hardened criminal who has just been released from prison. While working at his brother’s gas station, he becomes very interested in the armored car that makes regular stops at the bank across the street. (1951)
  • The Hitch-HikerFree – The first noir film made by a female director, Ida Lupino. (1953)
  • The House on Haunted HillFree - Vincent Price gives a stellar performance as the suavely malevolent host of a “haunted house party.” (1959)
  • The IntruderFree – Directed by Roger Corman, the film is based on a novel by Charles Beaumont and stars William Shatner. (1962)
  • The Kennel Murder Case - Free – Notes Roger Ebert, “Film historians such as William K. Everson, who pronounced The Kennel Murder Case a “masterpiece” (in the August 1984 issue of Films in Review), consider it one of the greatest screen adaptations of a Golden Age mystery novel. (1933)
  • The Lady VanishesFree – British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. (1938)
  • The Limping Man Free - Stars Lloyd Bridges and Moira Lister. A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring. (1953)
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London FogFree – One of Hitchcock’s silent classics. A landlady suspects her lodger is a murderer killing women around London. It’s said that this is Hitchcock’s first “Hitchcockian” film. (1927)
  • The Man Who Cheated Himself – Free – Some call it “an under-appreciated and little known gem.”  Stars Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane Wyatt, and Lisa Howard.  YouTube version here. (1951)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much - Free - A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (1934)
  • The ManxmanFree – This was Hitchcock’s last silent film.
  • The Pearl of Death - Free - Directed by Roy William Neill, the film is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It stars Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, and Dennis Hoey. (1944)
  • The Pleasure Garden - Free - After several collaborative efforts, Hitchcock made his solo directorial debut in the German-British co-production based on a novel by Oliver Sandys.
  • The RingFree – This silent film focuses on a love triangle between two men and a woman. One of Hitchcock’s minor works. (1927)
  • The Second Woman - Free – Directed by James Kern and starring Betsy Drake, this lesser known noir film gets some good reviews. (1951)
  • The Skin GameFree – A 1931 Hitchcock film based on a play by John Galsworthy recounts the tragic tale of a family feud. (1931)
  • The Strange Love of Martha IversFree – Noir film starting Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin and Kirk Douglas. Entered into 1947 Cannes Film Festival. (1946)
  • The TerrorFree – With Jack Nicholson & Boris Karloff, and partly shot by Francis Ford Coppola. Movie is at bottom of the linked page. (1963)
  • The Time of Your LifeFree – Adapted from the 1939 William Saroyan play of the same title (the play won the Pulitzer Prize), the film stars James Cagney and William Bendix. (1948)
  • The White Shadow - Free - The earliest surviving feature credited to Hitchcock. It was lost for decades but found in 2011.  (1923)
  • Time TableFree – After the theft of $500,000 in a carefully executed train robbery, an insurance investigator (Mark Stevens, who also doubled as director and producer) is forced to cancel a planned vacation with his wife to assist a railroad detective in identifying the culprits and recovering the money. Alternate version here. (1956)
  • Too Late for TearsFree – Directed by Byron Haskin and based on a novel by Roy Huggins, Too Late for Tears is pure noir. (1949)
  • Topper ReturnsFree - A sassy girl finds herself dead after trading bedrooms with her heiress friend. Her ghost seeks aid from banker Cosmo Topper to find out why and by whom. Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis. (1941)
  • Trapped Free – Starring Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Payton, the plot of this B noir film turns around a counterfeiting ring. (1949)
  • VampyrFree – This horror film was Carl Theodor Dreyer’s follow-up to The Passion of Joan of Arc, and his first “talkie.” (1932)
  • Waltzes From Vienna - Free – Alfred Hitchcock told Francois Truffaut that this film (about the writing and performance of The Blue Danube) was the low point of his film career. (1934)
  • Whistle StopFree – A noir flic with Ava Gardner. (1946)
  • White Zombie - Free - Pre-Code horror film directed by Victor and Edward Halperin. Béla Lugosi stars as the antagonist, Murder Legendre, with Madge Bellamy appearing as his victim. (1932)
  • Woman on the Run Free – After Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott) is the sole witness to a gangland murder, he goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), his wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), and newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O’Keefe).
  • Young and InnocentFree – Originally released in the US as The Girl Was Young, this Alfred Hitchcock film was based on Josephine Tey’s novel A Shilling for Candles. (1937)

Find a complete collection of Film Noir movies here and Alfred Hitchcock movies here.

Free Westerns

  • Angel and the Badman Free - A black and white Western starring John Wayne and Gail Russell. Considered a radical departure from the Western genre at the time. Find Internet Archive version here. (1947)
  • Blue SteelFree – Western film with John Wayne playing a U.S. Marshal trying to capture the Polka Dot Bandit. Some consider it the best of the Wayne Lone Star films. Alternative version on YouTube here. (1934)
  • Born to the West - Free - Can Dare Rudd prove he is responsible enough to win the heart of Judy and also outwit the crooked saloon owner? Stars John Wayne, Marsha Hunt and John Mack Brown.
  • Death Rides a HorseFree – Giulio Petroni’s top spaghetti western. (1967)
  • Frontier HorizonFree – The Three Mesqueteers attempt to prevent wholesale slaughter in this fine Republic Western starring John Wayne, Ray “Crash” Corrigan, and Raymond Hatton. (1939)
  • Gone with the WestFree – James Caan, Stefanie Powers and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1975 western.
  • HelltownFree – Originally called Born to the West, this John Wayne western was based on a novel by Zane Grey. (1937)
  • McLintock!Free – Comedy Western starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. (1963)
  • ‘Neath the Arizona SkiesFree – John Wayne plays a cowboy protecting an American Indian oil-land heiress. (1934)
  • One Eyed JacksFree – The only film directed by Marlon Brando. He also plays its lead character, Rio. (1961)
  • Paradise CanyonFree – Western starring John Wayne. Features Wayne as government agent John Wyatt searching for a counterfeit ring operating on the Mexican/Arizona border. (1935)
  • Rainbow Valley - Free – John Martin (John Wayne) is a government agent working under cover. Leading citizen Morgan calls in gunman Butch Galt (Buffalo Bill Jr.) who blows Martin’s cover. Find YouTube version here. (1935)
  • Randy Rides AloneFree – Jailed for murders he didn’t commit, Randy Bowers (John Wayne) escapes only to stumble into the den of the real murderers. Entertaining early Wayne film. (1934)
  • RawhideFree – A short western implausibly starring the Yankee legend, Lou Gehrig. (1938)
  • Riders of DestinyFree – John Wayne portrays Singin’ Sandy Saunders and has a reputation as the most notorious gunman since Billy the Kid. Features Wayne in singing role. (1933)
  • Sagebrush TrailFree – John Wayne plays John Brant who escapes from jail after being wrongly accused of murder. Features great stagecoach chase. (1933)
  • Santa Fe Trail - Free – Western film directed by Michael Curtiz (also directed Casablanca) and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Ronald Reagan. Alternate here. (1940).
  • Texas TerrorFree – A young John Wayne in a romantic western. (1935)
  • The American West of John Ford – Free - A documentary encapsulating the career and Western films of director John Ford, featuring interviews with John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. (1971)
  • The Dawn RiderFree – John Wayne plays John Mason, a man avenging his father’s murder. A western directed by Robert Bradbury. (1935)
  • The Desert TrailFree - Early Western with John Wayne. According toWesternClippings, not Wayne’s finest hour. (1935)
  • The Great Train RobberyFree – Early western film by Edwin S. Porter. A landmark in narrative filmmaking (1903)
  • The Lawless FrontierFree – B Western starring John Wayne and directed by Robert Bradbury. (1934)
  • The Lucky Texan - Free – Jerry Mason (played by John Wayne) and Jake Benson become partners and strike it rich with a gold mine. (1934) They then find their lives complicated by bad guys and a woman. (1934)
  • The Man From UtahFree – The Marshal sends John Weston (John Wayne) to a rodeo to see if he can find out who is killing the rodeo riders who are about to win prize money. (1934)
  • The Range Feud - Free - Clint Turner is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Judy’s father, a rival rancher who was an enemy of his own father. Stars John Wayne and Buck Jones. (1931)
  • The Star PackerFree – A gang working for “The Shadow” is terrorizing the town. John Travers (John Wayne) decides to take on the job of sheriff and do something about it. (1934)
  • The Trail Beyond - Free – Western starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr. (1934)
  • The Young Land Free – Dennis Hopper stars in a Western shot in 1959.
  • Two Fisted Law Free - After Rob Russell steals Tim Clark’s ranch, Clark starts prospecting for silver. Stars John Wayne and Tim McCoy. (1932)
  • Vengeance ValleyFree -  American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, based on the novel by Luke Short. (1951)
  • War of the WildcatsFree – John Wayne stars in western otherwise called In Old Oklahoma. One of Wayne’s better post-Stagecoach performances. (1943)
  • West of the DivideFree – A young John Wayne in B western. (1934)
  • Winds of the WastelandFree – Western film stars John Wayne and Phyllis Fraser. (1936)

Find a complete collection of John Wayne films here.

Free Silent Films

  • Abraham Lincoln - Free - DW Griffith’s biography of the beloved United States president.
  • A Burlesque On CarmenFree – Original two-reel parody of Bizet’s Carmen by Charlie Chaplin. Also stars Leo White & Edna Purviance. (1915)
  • A Christmas Carol - Free - Marc McDermott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this 1910 version of Dickens’ classic ghost story.
  • A Dog’s LifeFree – This endearing short film tells the story of underdogs, hunan and canine, succeeding despite the odds. (1918)
  • A Fair Exchange - Free - Originally released as Getting Acquainted, the film’s plot has been summarized as follows: “Charlie and his wife are walking in the park when they encounter Ambrose and his wife. The partners become fond of their counterparts and begin chasing each other around. A policeman looking for a professional Don Juan becomes involved, as does a Turk.” (1914)
  • A Man with a CameraFree – Dziga Vertov’s experimental film about life as it is lived. A Sight and Sound magazine poll named it the 8th best movie ever made. (1929)
  • A Page of Madness (Kuretta Ippei)Free - This film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa and written by Nobel Prize winter Yasunari Kawabata is one of the great landmarks of Japanese silent cinema. (1926)
  • After the BallFree - One of the first “adult” films in cinema history. By the pioneering director Georges Méliès.
  • Alice in Wonderland - Free – The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale. Based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. (1903)
  • Anémic Cinéma - Free – Marcel Duchamp’s avant-garde film combines whirling optical illusions, known as Rotoreliefs, with spiraling puns and complex word play. (1926)
  • Battleship PotemkinFree – Directed by the great Russian director, Sergei Eisenstein. One of the most influential propaganda films of all time. Alternative version here. (1925)
  • Behind the ScreenFree – A short film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin, the film is long on slapstick, but it also gets into themes dealing with gender bending and homosexuality. (1916)
  • Between Showers Free - A short Keystone film from 1914 starring Charlie Chaplin, Ford Sterling, and Emma Bell Clifton.
  • Broken BlossomsFree – Silent film directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. (1919)
  • Champagne Free - A silent comedy film based on an original story by English writer and critic Walter C. Mycroft. (1928)
  • Charlie ShanghaiedFree - Charlie Chaplin and his Tramp character gets shanghaied by crooks. (1915)
  • Charlie’s Recreation - Free - Out of costume, Charlie is a clean-shaven dandy who, somewhat drunk, visits a dance hall. There the wardrobe girl has three rival admirers: the band leader, one of the musicians, and now Charlie. (1914)
  • CinderellaFree – This film by George Méliès is the oldest known film adaptation of the 1697 fairy tale. It was also apparently the first movie to use a “dissolve transition” between scenes. (1899)
  • Das Wandernde Bild - Free - A silent, black and white film directed by Fritz Lang released in 1920.
  • Der GolumFree – Paul Wegener’s German expressionist classic, says Roger Ebert, “is a vivid piece of darkly toned fantasy that exerted a powerful influence over both European cinema and Hollywood.” (1920)
  • Die NibelungenFree – A series of two silent fantasy films created by Fritz Lang in 1924. Runs 5 hours.
  • DownhillFree – In this silent Hitchcock film, a public schoolboy takes the blame for a friend’s theft and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures. Also released under the title, When Boys Leave Home. (1927)
  • Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde - Free – Horror film based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. (1912)
  • Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde - Free – John Barrymore stars in the renowned silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. (1920)
  • Easy Street - Free – Charlie Chaplin steps forward and keeps the peace. (1917)
  • Easy Virtue - Free – Early silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Loosely based on a play by Noël Coward. (1928)
  • Emak-BakiaFree – Features filming techniques used by Man Ray, including rayographs, double exposures, soft focus and ambiguous features. (1926)
  • Faust - Free - German expressionist filmmaker F.W. Murnau directs film version of Goethe’s classic tale. This was Murnau’s last German movie. (1926)
  • Frankenstein - Free - The first time Mary Shelley’s literary was brought to the big screen. (1910)
  • Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuk) - Free – Silent avant-garde film by Hans Richter. The nazis destroyed the sound version of the film, deeming it “degenerate art.” (1928)
  • GreedFree - Erich von Stroheim’s silent drama originally ran 10 hours, but was eventually hacked down to two. It follows a dentist whose wife wins a lottery ticket, only to become obsessed with money. (1924)
  • Harakiri - Free - Early silent film by Fritz Lang. (1919)
  • Häxan - Free - Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. (1922)
  • Hell W10Free – The Clash stars in 1980s gangster parody. Written and directed by Joe Strummer. (1983)
  • Intolerance - Free - D.W. Griffith’s most ambitious silent film is one of the landmarks in cinematic history. (1916)
  • La Souriante Madame BeudetFree – Early feminist film by Germaine Dulac. Features a woman trapped in a loveless marriage. (1922)
  • Joyless StreetFree – Greta Garbo stars in her second major role. One of the first films of the “New Objectivity” movement. (1925)
  • Kid Auto Races at VeniceFree – It’s the first film in which Charlie Chaplin’s iconic “Little Tramp” character makes his appearance. (1914)
  • L’Arrivée D’un Train En Gare De La Ciotat - Free – One of the most famous early silent films shot by Auguste and Louis Lumière. (1895)
  • La Passion de Jeanne d’ArcFree – Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti, this film is considered a masterpiece from the silent era. (1928)
  • Laughing Gas - Free - Film starring Chaplin is sometimes known as ”Busy Little Dentist”, “Down and Out”, “Laffing Gas”, “The Dentist”, and “Tuning His Ivories”.
  • Le Ballet Mécanique - Free - Historic cinematic collaboration between Fernand Legér and George Antheil. (1924)
  • Le Retour à la RaisonFree – A film from the avant-garde Cinéma Pur movement shot by Man Ray in 1923.
  • Mabel’s Strange Predicament - Free - Watch lots of lots of high jinks go down in a hotel. (1914)
  • Making a Living - Free – Premiering on February 2, 1914, Making a Living marks the first film appearance by Charlie Chaplin.
  • MenilmontantFree – When Pauline Kael, longtime New Yorker film critic, was asked to name her favorite film, this was it. French silent film. (1925)
  • MetropolisFree – Fritz Lang’s fable of good and evil fighting it out in a futuristic urban dystopia. An important classic. An alternate version can be found here. (1927)
  • NosferatuFree – German Expressionist horror film directed by F. W. Murnau. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. (1922)
  • October: Ten Days That Shook the WorldFree – Originally called Oktyabr, Sergei Eisenstein’s film documents the Russian Revolution of 1917. A masterpiece by a pioneering filmmaker. (1928)
  • Old and New - Free – Also called The General Line, Sergei Eisenstein’s film has been called a “bucolic epic about the Soviet struggle to collectivize agricultural production.” Find alternate version at the Internet Archive here. (1929)
  • One A.M. - Free - The first silent film Charlie Chaplin starred in alone. (1916)
  • Pandora’s BoxFree – G.W. Pabst’s tragic melodrama about the fate of a carefree seductress, memorably played by Louise Brooks. (1929)
  • Romance SentimentaleFree – Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. (1930) Alternate version here.
  • Sherlock Jr. – Free – A comic masterpiece from the silent era. Stars Buster Keaton (1924)
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret WeaponFree – Sherlock Holmes rescues an inventor of an new bomb site before the Nazis can get him. (1943)
  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans - Free - Made by the German expressionist director F.W. Murnau. Voted in 2012, the 5th greatest film of all time. (1927)
  • The Adventurer - Free – Charlie Chaplin plays an escaped convict who falls into favor with a wealthy family after he saves a young lady. (1917)
  • The Birth of a Nation - Free - Directed by DW Griffith. A landmark work in film history (1915) with racist undertones. (1915)
  • The Bond - Free - A propaganda film created and funded by Charlie Chaplin for theatrical release to help sell U.S. Liberty Bonds during World War I. (1918)
  • The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariFree – This silent film directed by Robert Wiene is considered one of the most influential German Expressionist films and perhaps one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Watch the restored version. (1920)
  • The Count - Free - The Count was Charlie Chaplin’s 5th film for Mutual Films. Co-starring Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance, it is a story about Charlie and his boss finding an invitation to a party from a real Count. (1916)
  • The CureFree - Chaplin plays a drunk who checks into a health spa to dry out and comedy ensues. (1917)
  • The Devilish TenantFree -  In this Georges Méliès, a new tenant moves in and fills the room with furniture taken from his suitcase. (1909)
  • The Farmer’s Wife Free – Early Hitchcock silent film based on a play by British novelist Eden Phillpotts. (1928)
  • The FloorwalkerFree – Filmed for the Mutual Film Corporation, the film featured the first “running staircase” in cinema history. (1916)
  • The Four Horsemen of the ApocalypseFree – Hugely popular silent film that made Rudolph Valentino a star. (1921)
  • The GeneralFree - Orson Welles said that Buster Keaton’s The General is “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made. Alternate version here (1926)
  • The Gold RushFree – Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Gold Rush. Chaplin repeatedly said that this is the film he most wanted to be remembered for. (1925)
  • The Golem: How He Came Into the WorldFree – A follow-up to Paul Wegener’s earlier film, “The Golem,” about a monstrous creature brought to life by a learned rabbi to protect the Jews from persecution in medieval Prague. Based on the classic folk tale, and co-directed by Carl Boese. (1920)
  • The Golem: How He Came Into the WorldFree – The same film as the one listed immediately above, but this one has a score created by Pixies frontman Black Francis. (2008)
  • The Good for Nothing - Free - Made at the Keystone Studios, the film involves Chaplin taking care of a man in a wheelchair. (1914)
  • The Great Train Robbery - Free - Early western film by Edwin S. Porter. A landmark in narrative filmmaking. (1903)
  • The Hearts of Age - Free - The first film/short film shot by Orson Welles. It’s a play on Jean Cocteau’s movie, The Blood of a Poet. (1934)
  • The Hunchback of Notre DameFree – With Lon Chaney. (1923)
  • The ImmigrantFree – Charlie Chaplin plays an immigrant coming to the United States who gets accused of theft along the way. (1917)
  • The Impossible VoyageFree -Directed by Georges Méliès, this 1904 film, based on a Jules Verne’s play, is a satire of scientific exploration in which a group of geographers attempt a journey into the interior of the sun. (1904)
  • The KidFree – This was Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length film as a director, and it is still considered one of his best. (1921)
  • The Last Laugh - Free – F.W. Murnau’s classic chamber drama about a hotel doorman who falls on hard times. A masterpiece of the silent era, the story is told almost entirely in pictures. (1924)
  • The Little Match Girl - Free -  a 40-minute silent film by Jean Renoir based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. (1928)
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog - Free - One of Hitchcock’s silent classics. A landlady suspects her lodger is a murderer killing women around London. (1927)
  • The Lost World - Free - The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (1925)
  • The ManxmanFree – This was Hitchcock’s last silent film.
  • The PawnshopFree – Rich in slapstick, The Pawnshop was one of Chaplin’s more popular movies for Mutual Film, the producer of some of the greatest Chaplin comedies. (1916)
  • The Phantom CarriageFree – One of the central works in the history of Swedish cinema. Notable for its influence on Ingmar Bergman. Directed by Victor Sjöström, (1921)
  • The Phantom of the OperaFree – A classic silent film featuring Lon Chaney as the Phantom. (1925)
  • The Pleasure Garden - Free - After several collaborative efforts, Hitchcock made his solo directorial debut in the German-British co-production based on a novel by Oliver Sandys.
  • The RingFree – This silent film focuses on a love triangle between two men and a woman. One of Hitchcock’s minor works. (1927)
  • The RinkFreeThe Rink, Chaplin’s 8th film for Mutual Films, showcases the actor’s roller skating skills. (1916)
  • The Sealed RoomFree – Directed by DW Griffith, the film is based on based upon Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Cask of Amontillado”, with appearances by Mary Pickford and Mack Sennett.
  • The Seashell and the ClergymanFree – The first surrealist film ever. Directed by Germaine Dulac. (1928)
  • The SheikFree – Silent film with Rudolph Valentino. (1921)
  • The Toll of the SeaFree - The first general release film in technicolor. 1922.
  • The Tramp Free - The film made Chaplin’s great Tramp character famous. (1915)
  • The VagabondFree – A silent film by Charlie Chaplin that co-starred Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell, Leo White and Lloyd Bacon. Chaplin appears as The Tramp. (1916)
  • The Wizard of OzFree – The earliest surviving film version of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel. (1910)
  • The Wizard of OzFree – The first major film adaptation of the classic novel. Features Oliver Hardy as the Tin Woodsmen. (1925)
  • Tillie’s Punctured RomanceFree – Among other things, the film is notable for being the last Chaplin film didn’t write or direct by himself. (1914)
  • Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage dans la luneFree – French black & white silent sci-fi film loosely based on two novels: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. (1902)
  • Un Chien AndalouFree – Salvador Dali and Louis Bunuel’s short, silent surrealist film. A restored version can be viewed here. (1929)

Free Documentaries

  • 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz - Free - Documentary looks at the transformative albums released by Miles, Brubeck, Coleman & Mingus in 1959.
  • A To Zeppelin: The Story Of Led Zeppelin Free (US audiences only) -  Chronicles the band’s history, from their 1968 formation to their reign as 1970s hard-rock giants, with rare photographs, archival footage, and interviews. (2004)
  • A Brief History of Time Free - Errol Morris’ documentary on Stephen Hawking. He called it “one of the most beautiful films I ever shot.” (1992)
  • A Look Behind the Future - Free - Intriguing 1966 documentary takes you inside the making of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and the thrilling technologies then in real-life development. (1966)
  • A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies - Free - A 10-part documentary built around a series of interviews with the filmmaker where he offers thoughts on the mechanics of making beautiful movies. (2000)
  • A Night with Lou Reed - Free - An intimate visual record of Reed’s sold out performance at The Bottom Line in New York City in 1983. (1991)
  • A Poet in Cinema: Andrei Tarkovsky - Free - A rare look at Andrei Tarkovsky’s thoughts on life and filmmaking. Directed by Donatella Baglivo. (1983)
  • A Story of Healing - Free - Won Academy Award for best Documentary Short Subject. Follows a team of volunteers in Vietnam. (1997)
  • A World of Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Free - Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a three dimensional encyclopedia of art history. Filmed in 2004.
  • Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World - Free -  Takes you into the life of Aleister Crowley, an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, and mountaineer, responsible for founding the religion of Thelema.
  • Andrei TarkovskyFree – A comprehensive analysis of the director’s life outside of the cinema and the struggles he endured to create lasting personal works. An Arena documentary from the British Broadcasting System. (1987)
  • Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein Free - Documentary on the two artists from 1966.
  • Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye Free - A revealing look at the “Father of American Photography.” Appeared in the PBS American Masters series. (1999)
  • Ansel Adams, Photographer - Free - Documentary reveals the artistic and technical approach of Ansel Adams, America’s finest photographer of natural landscapes. (1958)
  • Arduino: The Documentary - Free - Revisits a project launched in the Italian town of Ivrea back in 2005. The challenge? To develop cheap, easy-to-use electronics components for design students. (2010)
  • Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief - Free - A mini-series created by Jonathan Miller explores the history of atheism in the world. (2004)
  • Audio Ammunition - Free - A series of short documentaries on The Clash and five of their classic studio albums. Produced by Google. (2013)
  • Bed Peace Free - 70 minute documentary revisits John and Yoko’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins, which amounted to a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War. (2011)
  • Beautiful EquationsFree - Artist/writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations, asking top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science. (2010)
  • Behind Jim JarmuschFree - In 2009, Jim Jarmusch released, The Limits of Control. A behind-the-scenes documentary, Behind Jim Jarmusch, was filmed over three days on the set of the film in Seville by director Léa Rinaldi. (2009)
  • Billie Holiday: The Life and Artistry of Lady DayFreeWhat makes this low-budget documentary worthwhile is the music. The film features some of the best surviving footage of Holiday performing. (2004)
  • Black CoffeeFree – A three part look at  “the world’s most widely taken legal drug,” a beverage whose intellectually intense die-hard enthusiasts give wine’s a run for their money, from historical, political, social, and economic angles. (2007)
  • Bob Marley: The Legend Live - Free - Shot at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in California on November 25, 1979, just 16 months before Marley’s untimely death at the age of 36. (2003)
  • Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out LoudFree – Documentary on the inventor/visionary/thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, produced and directed by four time Academy Award nominees Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. (1996)
  • Brussels Express Free - Directed by Sander Vandenbroucke, this 20 minute film explores the risks of cycling in modern Brussels, one of the most congested cities in today’s Europe. (2012)
  • Bukowski: Born Into This - Free - The definitive documentary on the hard-living poet. “Valuable because it provides a face and a voice to go with the work,” wrote Roger Ebert. (2003)
  • Bullfight at Malaga Free - Photographed by Richard Leacock, this short film records what happened when the two greatest matadors tried to outdo each other in what became known as “The Bullfight of the Century.” (2010)
  • CBGB’s: The Roots of Punk Lets You - Free - A carnival of vintage performances from New York’s seminal punk bands. The film was produced for Hilly Kristal, creator and owner of CBGBs.
  • Churchill’s Island Free - WWII propaganda film chronicling the defense of Great Britain. Won the very first Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. (1941)
  • Code Rush - Free - Documentary following the lives of Netscape engineers in Silicon Valley. 1998
  • Conversations with Myself - Free - Alan Watts walks in the mountains and talks about the limitations of technology and the problem of trying to keep track of an infinite universe with a single tracked mind. (1971)
  • Cream’s Farewell Concert Free - Tony Palmer captured Cream’s final show (starring, of course, Eric Clapton) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, November 21, 1968.
  • Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks the World - Free – Tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. (2011)
  • Cry of Jazz - Free - A film by Ed Bland explores issues around African-Americans and jazz in the United States. Includes interviews with artists and intellectuals and performances by Sun Ra and John Gilmore. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. (1959)
  • Curious About Cuba: The Great Museums of Havana - Free - This film shows a side of the island nation that we seldom hear about: her art, history, and culture. (2008)
  • Dark Side of the Moon Free - William Karel satirizes the notion that Stanley Kubrick was behind the great moon landing hoax. (2002)
  • David Bowie: The Story of Ziggy Stardust - Free - Film tells the story of how Bowie arrived at one of the most iconic creations in the history of pop music. The songs, the hairstyles, the fashion, etc. (2012)
  • David Lynch on the History of Surrealist Cinema - Free - Pretty much what the title said. (1987)
  • Day of the Fight - Free - The first film shot by Stanley Kubrick, focusing on the middleweight boxer Walter Cartier. (1950)
  • Days of Our Lives - Free - Documentary explores the life and times of the rock band Queen.
  • Death Mills - Free - Billy Wilder’s documentary in German showing what Allies found when they liberated Nazi extermination camps. (1945)
  • Derrida Free - A 2002 documentary on the abstract philosopher and the everyday man. (2002)
  • Dial H for Hitchcock - Free - Made to celebrate the centenary of Hitchcock’s birth, this documentary concentrates on his major US films. Surviving collaborators, colleagues, and directors are interviewed. (1999)
  • Dream of Life - Free - Directed by Steven Sebring, the film offers an intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith. (2008)
  • Einstein’s Brain - Free - A strange documentary that follows Japanese scholar Kenji Sugimoto’s quest to find Einstein’s brain. (1994)
  • End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones - Free - Documentary film about highly influential New York punk rock band the Ramones. (2003)
  • Eraserhead Stories - Free - Offer as much information as you’ll find anywhere on the making of David Lynch’s first feature film. (2001)
  • Masters of Photography: Diane Arbus - Free - The documentary created soon after the photographer’s death is based on interviews with those who knew her best. (1972.)
  • Down from the Mountain - Free - Documentary/concert film about the making of the Grammy-winning soundtrack recording for the Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Man Of Peace In A Time Of War Free - Documentary examining the life of MLK Jr. includes rarely seen footage.
  • Examined Life - Free - Features 8 contemporary philosophers discussing the practical application of their ideas in modern culture. Includes Cornel West, Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler. (2008)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams - Free - Peabody award-winning film chronicles the life of Fitzgerald, one of America’s greatest novelists, in images and ideas as lyrical and inventive as his prose. (2002)
  • Fellini: A Director’s Notebook Free - Federico Fellini introduces himself to America in experimental documentary aired on TV. (1969)
  • Fellini, I’m a Born Liar - Free - A look at Fellini’s creative process. In extensive interviews, Fellini talks about his background and then discusses how he works and how he creates. (2002)
  • Filming ‘The Trial’ - Free -  An unfinished making-of film by Orson Welles, made in 1981, which focuses on the production of his 1962 film The Trial. (1981)
  • First Orbit Free - A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. (2011)
  • Flâneur III - Free - An attempt at capturing the character of Paris by following the development of the city’s different forms throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, in the spirit of the German philosopher Walter Benjamin. (1998)
  • Flying Padre Free - The second film shot by Stanley Kubrick focuses on a priest in New Mexico who got around his vast parish in a Piper Cub airplane. (1951)
  • For Neda - Free - An HBO documentary on the life of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman gunned down during the crushing of Iran’s Green Revolution. (2010)
  • Fractals: The Colors of Infinity Free - Arthur C. Clarke brings us inside the world of fractal geometry, David Gilmour provides the soundtrack. (1995)
  • Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story - Free - Documentary retraces the singer’s journey from Zanzibar to Stardom. (2000)
  • From One Second to the Next - Free - German director Werner Herzog presents a harrowing 35 minute film on the dangers of texting while driving. (2013)
  • Future Shock - Free - A short documentary based on a book written by futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. It’s narrated by Orson Welles. (1972)
  • Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine - Free -  About the famous match between chess legend Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer created by IBM. (2003)
  • Gente del Po - Free - Michaelangelo Antonioni’s documentary short on the people of the Po valley. (1947)
  • George Eastman House: Picture Perfect Free - The urban estate of George Eastman, who made photographers of us all, is a treasure trove of photographs and one of the world’s premier film archives. (2003)
  • Glenn Gould – Off the Record and Glenn Gould – On the Record- Free - Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor made a pair of gorgeously shot documentaries about the Canadian pianist, giving viewers insight into his life and music. (1959)
  • Haruki Murakami: In Search of this Elusive Writer - Free - Alan Yentob travels through Japan, from the midnight Tokyo of After Hours to the snowed-in Hokkaido of A Wild Sheep Chase, in a quest to find artifacts of the novelist’s imaginary world.
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment - Free - 18-minute film features a selection of Cartier-Bresson’s iconic photographs, along with rare commentary by the photographer himself. (1973)
  • Henry Miller Asleep & Awake - Free - Tom Schiller’s 34 minute voyage into the world of Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn). (1975)
  • Hofmann’s Potion - Free - A balanced look at the history of LSD by Canadian filmmaker Connie Littlefield. (2002)
  • Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film Free - Epic, 13-part documentary chronicles the early history of cinema. (1980)
  • Home - Free - Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film that will make you look at our planet in a new way. (2009)
  • Homemade American Music - Free - A history of rural southeastern traditional American music, as told and played by Mike Seeger and Alice Gerrard. (1980)
  • How Long is a Piece of StringFree – Alan Davies attempts to answer the proverbial question. But it turns out to be much harder than he thought. (2009)
  • How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made - Free - Disney’s in-house documentary walks you through the stages of Snow White‘s development. (1939)
  • Human, All Too Human - Free - A three part documentary on the life & thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre. (1999)
  • Idem - Free - A short film by David Lynch on the art of making lithographs. Shot at the Idem studio in Paris. (2013)
  • If You Love This Planet - Free - Oscar-winning short film on the need for nuclear disarmament. (1982)
  • I’ll Find a Way - Free - Oscar-winning documentary presents Nadia, a 9-year-old girl with spina bifida. (1977)
  • Images of a Visionary World - Free - Avant-garde author Henri Michaux creates film trying to demonstrate the experience of taking hallucinogenic drugs. (1964)
  • Imaginary Landscapes Free - Rare documentary features legendary producer Brian Eno offering insights on making music. (1989)
  • In Search of Moebius - Free - Documentary about Frenchman Jean Giraud, one of the most influential comic strip illustrators and authors of all time.
  • Inside: Dr. Strangelove - Free -  Interviews with cast members, critics, editors, producers and others associated with the picture reveal how this Cold War worst-case-scenario developed into something so very… Kubrickian.
  • Jackson Pollock 51 Free – Short documentary by Hans Namuth features the abstract expressionist painter up close, painting on glass. (1951)
  • Jacques Lacan Speaks - Free - The psychoanalyst gives a packed lecture at the Catholic University of Louvain in 1972, followed by a probing interview. One of only 2 known appearances by Lacan on film. Shot by Belgian documentarian Francoise Wolff. (1972)
  • James Joyce: The Trials of Ulysses - Free - Examines the trials and tribulations of Joyce’s life in Europe, while writing Ulysses. Scroll down the page to watch the film. (2000)
  • Jammin’ the Blues - Free - Directed by Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili, the film features Lester Young and other jazz/blues legends. (1944)
  • Jazz HotFree - Django Reinhardt, violinist Stéphane Grappelli and their band the Quintette du Hot Club de France perform together in a short film designed to promote a UK tour. (1938)
  • Jeff Buckley – Everybody Here Wants You - Free - Documentary about the life of Jeff Buckley. Featuring contributions from his family, friends, band members and admirers including Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Fraser, Jimmy Page.
  • John Huston and the DublinersFree – Documentary focuses on John Huston as he directs his last film The Dead based on the story by James Joyce. (1988)
  • Johnny Cash: The Last Great American Free - Documentary profiling the life of legendary country music star, who died in 2003. (2004)
  • Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind - Free - Detailed documentary on Joni Mitchell’s life and her music, written and directed by Susan Lacy and produced for broadcast as a TV special. (2003)
  • Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man - Free - Documentary on Argentina’s most famous and beloved literary figure. (2000)
  • Kerouac, The Movie - Free - Directed by John Antonelli, the film revisits the life and times of the beat icon, using interviews with his friends. (1985)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen Free  - This Canadian documentary captures Leonard Cohen just as he was poised to begin his singer-songwriter career. (1965)
  • Le dinosaure et le bébé, dialogue en huit parties entre Fritz Lang et Jean-Luc Godard - Free - A 1967 TV documentary featuring two great filmmakers (Jean-Luc Godard and Fritz Lang) in conversation. (1967)
  • Le Noise - Free -  Directed by Adam Vollick, this movie features a live performance of Neil Young’s album Le Noise. It was recorded at the studios of Daniel Lanois in LA. (2010)
  • Le silence du fleuve Free - Documentary by Agnès Denis and Mehdi Lallaoui investigates the violent repression of Algerian demonstrators in Paris on October 17, 1961 (1991)
  • Lenny Bruce in “Lenny Bruce” Free - In a “performance film,” Lenny Bruce appears at San Francisco’s Basin Street West in what was his next-to-last live appearance. (1967)
  • Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Free (Limited to US audience) - A retrospective of Cohen’s life and work. Features tribute performances of his songs by Beth Orton, Nick Cave, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and U2. (2005)
  • Let’s Get Lost Free - Bruce Weber’s sad film of jazz legend Chet Baker. (1988)
  • Life in a Day - Video - Film captures for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
  • Live in Rome - Free - Documentary captures the Talking Heads playing live in Rome. Features the group’s full “Afro-Funk Orchestra” lineup, plus Adrian Belew on guitar. (1980)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself Free - Thom Andersen’s long-form video essay on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. (2003)
  • Lost in La Mancha Free - Documentary about Terry Gilliam’s failed attempt to make a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote. (2002)
  • Lust for Life - Free - German documentary (mostly in English) charts the rise of punk’s godfather, Iggy Pop. (1986)
  • Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documentary - Free - When actor/director Kevin Smith attended Vancouver Film School, he and producer Scott Mosier attempted to create a documentary project on a transsexual entertainer. However, in the middle of production the documentary fell apart. The two director/producers had to come up with another documentary. The Crumbling of a Documentary. (1992)
  • Making the Shining - Free - Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian shot a film that looks behind the scenes at the great horror film based on Stephen King’s novel. (1980)
  • Man Among Men: Alberto GiacomettiFree – Film features the sculptor shedding light on his own work. (1963)
  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media - Free - Explores the political and intellectual life of Noam Chomsky and expands on ideas in Chomsky’s earlier book, Manufacturing Consent. Alternative version on YouTube here. (1992)
  • Martin Scorsese Directs - Free - PBS documentary features interviews with  Scorsese, Steven Spielberg , George Lucas and Robert DeNiro among others, as well as classic scenes from Scorsese’s films and behind the scenes footage of Scorsese directing. (1990)
  • Matter of Heart Free - Documentary on the great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Features archival footage. (1986)
  • Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices - Free - Documentary focuses on voice artist extraordinaire Mel Blanc. (2008)
  • Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse Free - A 4 part look at the 2008 financial crisis by the CBC. (2011)
  • Memory of the Camps - Free - An attempt to revive a World War II film meant to document the Holocaust. Hitchcock was involved with the original project. (1985)
  • Metamorphose: M.C. Escher, 1898-1972 Free -  Reveals the life and work of artist M.C. Escher. (1999)
  • Michel Foucault: Beyond Good and Evil - Free - Documentary explores the controversial life and work of Michel Foucault. (1993)
  • Mingus - Free - A close-up of bass player and composer Charlie Mingus as he and his five-year-old daughter await eviction by the City of New York. (1968)
  • My Dinner with Abbie - Free - An ex flower child sits down for dinner with a revolutionary icon of the 60s and 70s, Abbie Hoffman. (1990)
  • N is a Number Free - Documentary directed by George Paul Csicsery about the life of mathematician Paul Erdős.
  • No Substitute for Victory - Free - Propaganda, Pro-Vietnam documentary hosted by John Wayne. (1970)
  • Creative Process: Norman McLarenFree - This feature length documentary is a journey into Norman McLaren’s process of artistic creation. (1990)
  • November 22, 1963 - Free - In a short documentary, Errol Morris asks what we can and cannot know about the Kennedy assassination. (2013)
  • Nuremberg Trials - Free - Riveting Russian documentary takes you inside the trials of the notorious German war criminals. (1947)
  • One Way Street - Free - Explores the life and work of German Jewish critic and philosopher, Walter Benjamin. (1993)
  • Operation Concrete (aka Opération béton) - Free - The first movie by Jean Luc Godard. It’s a short documentary about the building of the dam. (1955)
  • Orwell Rolls in His Grave - Free - America’s leading intellectuals discuss & examine the mix of businesses, politics & ideology that is the mainstream media. (2003)
  • Paul McCartney: Chaos & Creation at Abbey Road - Free - Sir Paul revisits the Beatles’ recording techniques and vintage instruments used by the band. (2005)
  • Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness Free - With Alain de Botton. A self-help guide which applies the teachings of philosophers to dealing with life’s everyday problems. (2000)
  • Philosophy and the Matrix: Return to the Source - Free -  Documentary looks at how The Matrix dealt with questions about religious revelation and authority, parapsychology, free will and determinism, and the nature of personal identity. (2004)
  • Pickin’ & Trimmin’ Free - Award-winning short documentary features bluegrass musicians in a down-home North Carolina barbershop. (2008)
  • Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii Free - Director’s cut. Features Pink Floyd performing six songs in the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy. (1972)
  • Portrait of an Artist: Jackson Pollock - Free - Documentary of the abstract expressionist artist narrated by Melvyn Bragg. (1987)
  • Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man - Free -Documentary revisits Shakespeare and Company, the most famous bookstore in Paris. (2005)
  • Portrait Werner Herzog - Free - A German production directed by Herzog himself, Portrait Werner Herzog shows the director in his homeland, in Munich. (1986)
  • Powers of Ten - Free - Famous short film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten. Made by legendary designers Ray and Charles Eames. (1977)
  • Profile of a Writer: Jorge Luis Borges - Free - Arena documentary the life and writings of Argentina’s favorite son, Jorge Luis Borges. (1983)
  • Punk: the Early Years - Free - An early documentary on the musical movement that stormed Britain during the 1970s. Features important footage of early concerts. (1978)
  • Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer - Free - A half-hour television documentary about Ray Bradbury. (1963)
  • Red Shirley - Free - Lou Reed’s short documentary on his fascinating 100-year-old cousin. (2010)
  • Report from the Aleutians - Free - John Huston, while a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1943, creates an Academy Award winning documentary about the Armed Forces’ effort to prevent the fall of the Aleutian Islands to Japanese troops. (1943)
  • Rock and Roll Heart - Free - American Masters documentary retraces the remarkable career of Lou Reed. (1998)
  • Room 666 Free - Wim Wenders interviews 16 directors (including Steven Spielberg, Jean-Luc Godard, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder) at the ’82 Cannes Film Festival and talks about the state of cinema. (1982)
  • Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin - Free - Stephen Fry hosts a documentary exploring the vital literary scene in contemporary Russia. (2014)
  • Scenes from Allen’s Last Three Days on Earth as a Spirit - Free - A kind of video diary of poet Allen Ginsberg’s last days. (1997)
  • ¿Sería Buenos Aires? - Free - An award-winning documentary looking at Argentina’s response to modern crises. (2006)
  • Soft Self Portrait of Salvador Dali - Free - French director Jean-Christophe Averty traveled to Spain in 1970 and shot a surreal biographical documentary on the artist. (1970)
  • Staircases to Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining - Free - 17-minute video offers an oral history on the production of Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining.
  • SuperSize Me - Free - Morgan Spurlock’s documentary on fast food in America. (2004)
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story - Free - Controversial film tells the life story of Karen Carpenter with Barbie dolls. (1987)
  • Syd Barrett: Under Review - Free - features  rare live and studio performances from the early member of Pink Floyd. (2006)
  • Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Free – A musical short that features Duke Ellington’s early extended piece, “A Rhapsody of Negro Life.” Stars 19-year-old Billie Holiday. (1935)
  • Ten Days That Shook the World - Free - Originally called Oktyabr, Sergei Eisenstein’s film documents the Russian Revolution of 1917. A masterpiece by a pioneering filmmaker. (1928)
  • The American West of John Ford - Free - A documentary encapsulating the career and Western films of director John Ford, featuring interviews with John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. (1971)
  • The Battle of Midway - Free - Directed by John Ford. Narrated by Henry Fonda. On June 4-6, 1942, Japanese forces attempted to capture Midway Island in the North Pacific, but were defeated by U.S. forces. On hand was a crew of naval photographers directed by John Ford. (1942)
  • The Battle of San Pietro - Free - John Huston’s war time documentary. (1945)
  • The Charles Bukowski Tapes - Free - A collection of 52 short interviews conducted by French filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, who directed the Bukowski-penned Barfly. (1987)
  • The Clash: Westway to the World - Free -  The Grammy-winning 2000 film is a fascinating look at the rise and fall of one of history’s greatest rock bands. (2000)
  • The Complete Citizen Kane - Free - (Second video on the page) Arena documentary looks at Welles’ masterpiece from every possible angle, even bringing in New Yorker critic Pauline Kael. (1991)
  • The Confessions of Robert Crumb - Free - A portrait of the artist scripted by the underground comics legend himself (1987)
  • The Fighting Lady - Free - Directed by William Wyler, this film provides a portrait of life on a World War II aircraft carrier (1944)
  • The Genius of Charles Darwin - Free - A three part series presented by Oxford biologist Richard Dawkins. (2008)
  • The God DelusionFree – Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins argues that the world would be better off without religion. The film accompanied a book by the same title. (2006)
  • The Henry Miller Odyssey - Free - Robert Snyder’s documentary, almost entirely narrated by Miller, follows the author through his early years, from his childhood in Brooklyn to his blissful exile in Paris. See more in the original review by The Harvard Crimson. (1969)
  • The History of the Typewriter Recited by Michael WinslowFree - Sound effects genius Michael Winslow performs the sounds of 32 typewriters made between 1898-1983. (2010)
  • The House I Live In - Free - A ten-minute short film starring Frank Sinatra made to oppose anti-Semitism and racial prejudice at the end of World War II. (1945)
  • The Land Where the Blues Began - Free - Alan Lomax takes you into the Mississippi Delta, into to the heart of the Blues. (1978)
  • The Last 48 Hours of Kurt CobainFree – British documentary takes a look the final days of Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana frontman who committed suicide in 1994. (2007)
  • The Last Journey of a Genius Free - Richard Feynman describes during his last days his longtime desire to travel to the remote country of Tannu Tuva. (1989)
  • The James Dean Story - Free - Documentary on the life and times of James Dean made by the great filmmaker Robert Altman — MASH, The Player, Gosford Park, etc. (1957)
  • The Making of Almost BlueFree - South Bank Show follows Elvis Costello to Nashville for the making of his album “Almost Blue.” (1981)
  • The Making of Dark Side of the MoonFree – A look inside the creation of a famous Pink Floyd album. (2003)
  • The Making of Koyaanisqatsi Free - Director Godfrey Reggio gives you the backstory behind his 1982 film, Koyaanisqatsi.
  • The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark - Free -  Directed by Phillip David Schuman, the film features candid on set scenes featuring Steven Spielberg directing and other behind the scenes footage with stars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen and producer George Lucas. (1981)
  • The March - Free - James Blues’s “visually stunning, moving, and arresting documentary of the hope, determination, and camaraderie” embodied by The Great March on Washington. (1964)
  • The Men Who Made the Movies: Hitchcock - Free - A look at Alfred Hitchcock’s films. The Master of Suspense himself, who is interviewed extensively here, shares stories about filmmaking. (1973)
  • The Miles Davis Story - Free - The definitive biography of a jazz legend. (2001)
  • The Mystery of PicassoFree - Pablo Picasso’s art emerges in front of our eyes in this remarkable film by the French master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot. (1956)
  • The Owl’s Legacy (L’Héritage de la chouette) - Free - Created by French director Chris Marker, this 13 episode program examines the roots of western culture in Ancient Greece. It was never broadcast. (1989)
  • The Penultimate Truth About Philip K. Dick - Free - Documentary about the mystical experiences of sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. (2007)
  • The Photographer - Free - Reveals the philosophy, techniques & artistry of Edward Weston (1948)
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things OutFree – Features Richard Feynman, the charismatic, Nobel prize-winning physicist, talking in a very personal way about the joys of scientific discovery. (1981)
  • The Responsive Eye Free - Brian DePalma’s short film documenting the opening night of an OP ART exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966.
  • The Seafarers - Free - It was Stanley Kubrick’s third film, and his first in color. Otherwise, not of great note. (1953)  
  • The Search for Robert Johnson - Free - UK television documentary about the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson, hosted by John Hammond. (1991)
  • The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler - Free - 1950′s television documentary that includes interviews with Hitler’s sister Paula Wolf and footage from Eva Braun’s rare home movies.
  • The Space Shuttle Free - History of the US Space Shuttle program narrated by William Shatner. (2011)
  • The Spanish Earth - Free - A Spanish Civil War propaganda film written and narrated by Ernest Hemingway. (1937)
  • The Story of the Guitar - Free - A three part documentary reveals how the guitar came to “dominate the soundtrack of our lives.” (2008)
  • The Story of Wish You Were Here - Free - Takes you inside the making of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album. (2012)
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead - Free - Narrated by Leonard Cohen and featuring the Dalai Lama, the film explores an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. (1994)
  • The Times of Harvey Milk - Free - Rob Epstein’s Oscar winning documentary. (1984)
  • Triumph of the Will - Free - (1935) The major Nazi propaganda work by Leni Riefenstahl. With subtitles.
  • The Ten-Year Lunch - Free - Oscar-winning film about the writers who sat at the Algonquin Round Table in New York during the 1920s. (1986)
  • The True Glory - Free - War time propaganda documentary directed by Carol Reed, with General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton. (1945)
  • The Universal Mind of Bill Evans Free - 1966 documentary takes you inside the creative process/world of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
  • The Velvet Underground: A Symphony of Sound - Free - Produced by Andy Warhol, the film shows VU performing a 67-minute instrumental improvisation. (1966)
  • They Were There - Free - 30-minute film by Errol Morris, commissioned by IBM to celebrate the company’s centennial. Music by Philip Glass.
  • The World According to John Coltrane - Free - Produced with his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. (1990)
  • There is No Authority But YourselfFree - Feature documentary about seminal anarcho-punk band Crass, directed by Dutch filmmaker Alexander Oey. (2006)
  • To Hear Your Banjo Play - Free - 16-minute introduction to American folk music, written & narrated by Alan Lomax and featuring rare performances by Woody Guthrie, Baldwin Hawes, Sonny Terry. (1946)
  • Tolstoy Remembered - Free -  Documentary features Tolstoy’s daughter. Directed by Michael Rabiger. (1970)
  • Tom Waits: A Day in Vienna - Free - Tom Waits sings and tells stories in film that originally aired on Austrian TV. (1979)
  • Toute la mémoire du monde (All the World’s Memories) - Free - Alain Resnais’s short documentary looks at the inner workings of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris. It’s “a meditative piece about the fragility of human memory and the ways in which we try to shore it up.” (1956)
  • TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard - Free -  Documentary based around the interpersonal triumphs and defeats of the three main figures running the file sharing web site, Pirate Bay. (2013)
  • Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga ExperimentsFree – Short film documents how Carnegie Mellon experts recovered lost paintings that Andy Warhol made on the Commodore Amiga computer during the 1980s.
  • Tunisian Victory - Free - World War II documentary directed by Frank Capra and narrated by Burgess Meredith. (1944)
  • UFOs: It Has Begun Free - Documentary narrated by Rod Serling explores the existence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial beings. (1976)
  • Underground - Free - Directed by Emile de Antonio, Haskell Wexler and Mary Lampson, Underground revisits the radical activists the Weathermen. (1976)
  • Unguided Tour AKA Letter from Venice - Free - Susan Sontag adapted the Italian-language feature from her story of the same name, originally published in 1977 in the New Yorker. (1983)
  • Vietnam! Vietnam! Free - The last film produced by the legendary John Ford was a work of propaganda commissioned by the United States government in support of the Vietnam War. (1971)
  • Visit to Picasso Free - Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts captures Picasso’s creative process. (1949)
  • Viva Joe Strummer - Free - A documentary look at the great frontman of The Clash. (2005)
  • Waiting for Beckett - Free - Rare feature-length documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett. (1993)
  • Warhol’s Cinema – A Mirror for the Sixties - Free -This 64 minute documentary from 1989 examines Andy Warhol’s films from the 1960s. (You can view several of these films – EatSleep, and Kiss – here.)
    (1989)
  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe Free - Herzog loses a bet to Errol Morris and eats a shoe with the help of chef Alice Waters. (1980)
  • Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die Free - Film about the life, death, and philosophy of Pier Paolo Pasolini. (1981)
  • Who’s Afraid Of MachiavelliFree – This documentary asks how relevant Machiavelli’s book, The Prince, is 500 years after its publication. (2013)
  • Why We Fight - Free - A seven part series of WWII propaganda films directed by Frank Capra. (1943)
  • William S. Burroughs: Commissioner of Sewers - Free - Klaus Maeck’s in-depth interview with Burroughs. Includes a series of his readings, a collection of his appearances in other movies, and even images of his paintings. (1991)
  • WikiRebels - Free - Documentary by Swedish public television chronicles history of Wikileaks. (2010)
  • Woody Guthrie - Free – Covers the life of Woody Guthrie, America’s great travelling singer-songwriter. (1988)
  • You Don’t Know Jack - Free - Morgan Spurlock’s short documentary on the 15-year-old who invented a new way to detect early stage pancreatic cancer. (2013)
  • Young At Heart - Free - An Oscar winning documentary about two widowed artists in their mid-80′s who meet on a painting tour to England and fall madly in love. (2007)
  • Žižek! - Free - A study of philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek, “Academic Rock Star” and “Monster” of a Man. (2005)

Free Animated Films Online

  • 6 Animations of Stories & Poems by Shel SilversteinFree – Includes “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
  • 13 Experimental Short Films by Tezuka Osamu Free - Early animations by Tezuka Osamau, often called the Walt Disney of Japan.
  • A Country Doctor Free - A Franz Kaka story retold in an award-winning animation by Japanese animator Koji Yamamura. (2007)
  • Ah Pook is Here - Free – A stop motion animation based on audio recordings by William S. Burroughs, with music by John Cale. (1994)
  • Anémic Cinéma - Free - Marcel Duchamp’s avant-garde film combines whirling optical illusions, known as Rotoreliefs, with spiraling puns and complex word play. (1926)
  • Animal Farm - Free - Funded by the CIA, this animated film based on George Orwell’s classic novella was the first British-made animated feature ever theatrically released. (1954)
  • Breathdeath Free - Cutout animation film that inspired Terry Gilliam and ended up on his list of The 10 Best Animated Films of All Time. (1963)
  • Cold War Pro-Capitalism AnimationsFree – A series of Cold War animations that explain why American capitalism is the best way to go. Films were funded by the CEO of General Motors.
  • ConfidenceFree – Classic animation from the Great Depression shows how animators tried to get America through a dark time. (1933)
  • Crime and Punishment Free - Dostoevsky’s classic work wonderfully animated by Piotr Dumala (2000)
  • Der Erlking - Free - A visual representation of Goethe’s poem, The ErlKing, that uses sand-on-glass animation set to the music of Franz Schubert. (2002)
  • Der Fuehrer’s Face - Free - Disney’s anti-Nazi propaganda movie featuring Donald Duck. Won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (1942)
  • Destino Free - Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí began working together in 1946 on a project that was tabled, then finally revived and finished in 2003.
  • Dimensions of Dialogue Free - Jan Svankmajer, a surrealist Czech animator, influenced Tim Burton, The Brothers Quay, and Terry Gilliam himself.  Gilliam puts this claymation short on his list of The Ten Best Animated Films. (1982)
  • DumblandFree – A series of crude, Beavis and Butthead-style animations by David Lynch (2002)
  • Early Japanese AnimationsFree – A collection of early Japanese animations that show where the Japanese anime tradition began. (1917 to 1931)
  • Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi Free - Disney’s WW II propaganda film looks at how the Nazi machine corrupts youth. (1943)
  • Every Child - Free - Eugene Fedorenko’s animated short about an unwanted baby cared for by homeless men. 1979 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Fantasmagorie - Free - The first fully animated film ever made. 700 drawings in 2 minutes by Emile Cohl. (1908)
  • Father and Daughter - Free - Michaël Dudok De Wit’s heartbreaking short won the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
  • Franz Kafka - Free - Piotr Dumala’s wonderful 16 minute animated film based on Kafka’s diaries. (1992)
  • Freedom River - Free - A short animated film narrated by Orson Welles. A parable about mankind getting along. Alternate version here. (1971)
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping BeautyFree - 6 minute animated black comedy. Shortlisted for the 2010 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Gulliver’s Travels - Free - American cel-animated Technicolor feature film, directed by Dave Fleischer. (1939)
  • GumbasiaFree – First clay animation produced by Art Clokey, who went on to create the classic series, Gumby. (1955)
  • Here There be Tygers - Free - A Soviet animation of a short story by Ray Bradbury. Directed by Vladimir Samsonov (1989).
  • How a Mosquito Operates - Free - One of the surviving works by famed animator Winsor McCay. (1912)
  • How Animated Cartoons Are Made - Free - One of the earliest, truest looks at how cartoons were made in the earliest 20th century. Features animation pioneer Wallace Carlson. (1919)
  • HungerFree – Directed by Peter Foldes, Hunger is one of the first computer animation films. It won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (1974)
  • I Touch a Red Button Man - Free - A short film by David Lynch and Interpol. Originally shown at the Coachella 2011 Festival.
  • King and OctopusFree – Tim Burton’s short animation made during film school at CalArts. (1978)
  • Logorama - Free - François Alaux and Herve de Crecy’s 17 minute film, Logorama, won the Oscar for Short Film (Animated) in 2009.
  • Madame Tutli-Putli - Free - Oscar-nominated animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. (2010)
  • Monty Python AnimationsFree – A complete roundup of all of Terry Gilliam’s Python animations.
  • Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) - Free - Spike Jonze collaborates with Olivia Le-Tan and Simon Cahn to produce stop motion film set in Shakespeare and Company in Paris (2011)
  • Neighbors - Free - Norman McLaren animates live actors with techniques normally used to put drawings/puppets into motion. Oscar winner. (1952)
  • Reason and Emotion Free - Walt Disney uses some neuroscience to explain the forces behind World War II. (1943)
  • Red Hot Riding Hood Free - A rebellious version of Little Red Riding Hood created by Tex Avery. Ranked 7th on list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons. (1943)
  • Ryan - Free - Oscar-winning animated short from Chris Landreth based on the life of Ryan Larkin, the influential Canadian animator. (2004)
  • Sita Sings the Blues - Free - New prize-winning animated film by Nina Paley. (2008)
  • Soviet Toys - Free - Dziga Vertov, best known for his landmark film A Man with a Movie Camera, also made the Soviet Union’s first ever animated movie. (1924)
  • Special Delivery - Free - Hilarious story won 1978 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Stalk of the Celery MonsterFree – A short animation Tim Burton made while in film school at CalArts. (1979)
  • Steamboat Willie - Free - The first Disney cartoon that introduced sound animation and Mickey Mouse to the larger world. (1928)
  • Story of One Crime - Free - The directorial debut of Fyodor Khitruk, the animator of some of the greatest animation ever produced in Russia. (1962)
  • Storytime - Free - The debut animation film by Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam. (1968)
  • Street Musique - Free - Influential animated film by Ryan Larkin. (1972)
  • Superman - Free - Max Fleischer’s short animated movie. Nominated for the 1942 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Other shorts that followed can be viewed here. (1941)
  • Superman: The Mechanical Monsters - Free - Film captures the era’s characteristic ambivalence in reconciling the need for progress with the fear of technology. Find more episodes in this series at Toonami Digital Arsenal. (1941)
  • Thank You, Mask ManFree – Lenny Bruce comedy routine about the Lone Ranger gets turned into an outliandish animated film. (1968)
  • The Adventures of André and Wally B Free - An early film developed by John Lasseter at LucasFilm Graphics before it became Pixar. (1984)
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper - Free - Early stop animation film by the great Russian animator Ladislas Starevich. (1911)
  • The Cameraman’s Revenge Free - This very early silent era stop-motion film was made by Ladislas Starevich in imperial Russia in 1912. He used real insects to create the story. (1912)
  • The Cathedral - Free - “The Cathedral” is the title of a sci fi short story by Jacek Dukaj. It was turned into a short animated movie by Tomasz Bagiński and nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. (2002)
  • The Cave - Free - A short claymation film animating the famous cave allegory in Plato’s Republic. (2008)
  • The Centaurs - Free - An incomplete work by Winsor McCay. (1921)
  • The Critic Free – Mel Brooks 1963 animation features an old Yiddish watching abstract animations. Hilarious film won Oscar. (1963)
  • The Danish Poet - Free - Animated short film written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann, won the Academy Award in 2006.
  • The Dot and the Line - Free - Chuck Jones’ animated film celebrates geometry and hard work. (1965)
  • The Family That Dwelt Apart Free - Based on a short story published by E.B. White in The New Yorker in 1937. (1983)
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - Free - Oscar-winning film by Moonbot Studios pays homage to a bygone era when elegantly printed books inhabited our world. (2011)
  • The Happy Prince - Free - A faithful rendering of an Oscar Wilde children’s story. Features the voices of Christopher Plummer and Glynis Johns. (1974)
  • The HobbitFree – This short animation by Prague-based animator Gene Deitch was the first film adaptation of Tolkien’s classic. (1966)
  • The Hole - Free - A 15-minute animated film by John Hubley and Faith Hubley that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1962. Features the voice of Dizzy Gillespie. (1962)
  • The Idea - Free - Created by Czech filmmaker Berthold Bartosch, The Idea has been called “the first animated film created as an artwork with serious, even tragic, social and philosophical themes.” (1932)
  • The Giving Tree - Free - An animated adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s wonderful children’s book. (1973)
  • The Junky’s Christmas - Free - Short claymation film starring (and written by) William S. Burroughs. Danny the Carwiper spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix, but finds the Christmas spirit instead. Produced by Coppola. (1993)
  • The Legend of Robert Johnson - Free - Animation of the famous bluesman’s fabled deal with the devil. (2011)
  • The Mascot Free - This 1934 film by the Russian animator Wladyslaw Starewicz pioneered a number of stop animation techniques, making it a seminal film in the history of animation. (1934)
  • The Miracle of Flight Free - A cutout animation by Terry Gilliam. Made in the style of (but separately from) Monty Python. (1974)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - Free - Christopher Lee narrates a beautiful animation of Tim Burton’s poem, Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Free - Aleksandr Petrov won the Academy Award for Short Film for this film that follows the plot of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella. Made of 29,000 images painted on glass. (1999)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Free - Experimental film created by Larry Jordan, an independent filmmaker who tried to marry “the classic engravings of Gustave Doré to the classic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge through a classic narrator: Orson Welles. (1977)
  • The Sand Castle - Free - Short animated film about the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. 1977 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film.
  • The Selfish Giant - Free - An Oscar-nominated animated version of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story by the same title. (1971)
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania - Free - Early animator Winsor McCay documents in 12 minutes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. (1918)
  • The Spirit of ’43 - Free - Disney propaganda film made for the American government. Features Donald Duck. (1943)
  • The Story Of Menstruation Free - Walt Disney’s sex ed film was shown to millions of American students from the 1940s to the 1960s. (1946)
  • The Story of Stuff - Free - Animated fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. (2007)
  • The Tale and the Fox - Free - Ladislas Starevich’s classic animation of a German folktale adapted by Goethe. (1937)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart - Free - Animated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic from 1953. Narrated by James Mason.
  • There Will Comes Soft Rain - Free - A Ray Bradbury story adapted by Uzbek director Nazim Tyuhladziev. Second video down. (1984)
  • The World of StainboyFree A series of flash animation shorts created by Tim Burton and animated by Flinch Studio. (2000)
  • Tin Toy - Free - John Lasseter created this Oscar-winning short film in 1988 at Pixar. It was the beginning of the company’s transition into being a premier animation studio.
  • Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom - Free - Disney’s music education film. First cartoon released in widescreen CinemaScope. Wins 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). (1953)
  • UCLA Silent Animation Archive Free - Collection of the earliest animations from the silent era.
  • Vincent - Free - Tim Burton’s early animated film honoring Vincent Price, actor in American horror films. (1982)
  • Voyage to Next - Free - Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley, this short animated film features the voices of Dizzy Gillespie and Maureen Stapleton, and the characters wonder whether the world can avoid annihilation.(1974)
  • Vinni-Pukh - Free - Soviet animations of Winnie the Pooh, created by the innovative animator Fyodor Khitruk. (1969-1972)
  • Walking - Free - Oscar-nominated animated short film by Ryan Larkin. (1969)
  • Why Man Creates Free - Saul Bass’ Oscar-winning animation on the nature of creativity. (1963)

Free Movie Sites:

Internet Archive – Feature Films
When you’re looking for free movies online, the Internet Archive should be your first stop. It features large collections of classic comediesfilm noir and sci-fi/horror flix. Many films listed above come from the Internet Archive.

Australian Screen Archive: The Australian National Film and Sound Archive provides free and worldwide access to over 1,000 film and television titles – a treasure chest of down-under video 100 years in the making.

B Minus Movies: AMC is your new go-to site for B-movies by the likes of John Carpenter (Dark Star) and Roger Corman (Saga of the Viking Women). Want to see international icons before they made it big? Check out Raquel Welch in A Swingin’ Summer or kung-fu king Sonny Chiba in Terror Beneath the Sea. Looking for the unexpected? How about The Ruthless Four, a spaghetti Western starring Klaus Kinski.

BestOnlineDocumentaries: As one reader previously told us, “This site is a bit out of date and some of the links are broken, but it’s still a great compilation of online documentaries.” For more documentaries, you should also see Snagfilms mentioned below.

Big Five Glories: Presents classic films in the public domain within an attractive user interface. Makes the films a pleasure to watch.

Classic Cinema Online: This site nicely pulls together hundreds of classic films, ranging from Action to Westerns and even old cinema shorts and news reels.

Crackle.com: If you’re looking for more mainstream movies, here you go. This is Sony’s online movie play. Note: there’s probably some geo-blocking that comes with this. Also, one of our readers has also suggested the UK-based Blinkbox, which seems to offer another platform for more mainstream films.

Creative Commons: The folks who gave us the Creative Commons license host a wiki where you can find a good number of freely available films. Handy and worth keeping an eye on. I’d also suggest keeping tabs on CC’s Video blog.

Documentary Film Network: This site has been archiving documentaries for the past 4 years and serving them free of charge. Among the 181 films, you can find some of the Nixon-Frost interviews and a Che Guevara Biography.

Film Annex: This site has one of the largest selections of online films for you to watch or download. You can find free classic movies and television shows right here. And you’ll also find at the Film Annex many films from independent filmmakers and directors. The site gives you the ability to download or stream films to your PC, laptop or iPhone. The films are ad-supported.

FMO: FreeMoviesOnline features a large selection of public domain films.

Hulu: Unfortunately Hulu limits its programming to a US audience (a policy that really needs to change), but it’s the 800 pound gorilla in the US, and there are some decent films here. You will find some Hulu titles sprinkled in above.

IMDB: This is perhaps a little redundant, but the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) also hosts some free online films (as well as TV shows) on its site. From what I can tell, it’s done in partnership with Hulu. But this collection has the advantage of pointing you to some decent films. Click here and scroll down. You can also find another re-packager of Hulu flix over at Veoh.com.

NFB.ca: NFB.ca is a web site where you can watch films produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It offers access to 100s of documentaries, animated films and trailers. You can also access this collection via a free iPhone app. (p.s. You should also check out our own free iPhone app, which will let you download free audio books, free courses, free language lessons, and other types of intelligent media.)

OVGuide: If you’re looking for more free films, you should pay this site a visit. OVGuide is an up-to-date guide to online video, including TV shows, movies, and video games. It offers another way to find free movies online.

PBS Video: PBS hosts online a new film based on Michael Pollan’s bestseller, Botany of Desire. Other PBS productions are also housed here.

QuickSilverScreen: This site essentially puts torrents online and lets you watch films posted by other users, including many new films. It’s hard to believe that this site is entirely kosher, but it’s very popular (one of the top 3,000 sites on the web) and hardly a closely held secret.

SnagFilms: SnagFilms offers viewers high-quality video content from an extensive online library that now includes more than 4,000 titles. You can view films at snagfilms.com, as well on SnagFilms’ apps on all mobile and connected TV platforms, and Xbox.

Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive: This online catalog “provides access to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive. The Archive serves as a comprehensive informational and archival resource worldwide for moving image materials pertaining to the Holocaust and related aspects of World War II.”

The Auteurs.com: Though this site typically offers arts films on a pay-per-view basis, it does feature a series of free films. Each month, a free film is featured (see example here). The site also hosts free international films restored by Martin Scorsese’s Word Cinema Foundation, mentioned below.

UbuWeb: Presents dozens of avant-garde films & videos for your viewing pleasure.

Veoh.com: Tends to redistribute films from Hulu but some other gems one can be found here.

Video on Demand at Buy DVD.com: Ok, it’s not the most enriching collection of films. But if you’re looking for something light…

Wikipedia List of Public Domain Films: A great resource for finding films in the public domain

World Cinema Foundation: The WCF, created by Martin Scorsese in 2007, has restored a series of classic international films. You can watch them for free online.

YouTube Movies: YouTube hosts a series of full-length movies (that are likely geo-restricted).

YouTube Screening Room: The Screening Room presents high quality, short independent films to YouTube users and promises to roll out four new films every two weeks. The collection includes some Academy-Award winners and other quality films. More info here.

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